Ball Game Change

A Mayoral Charity Event supporting the Bass Coast Community Foundation is being planned for late in 2013.
In a move away from the Mayoral Ball format which ran for eight years, Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Clare Le Serve, said the change allowed for a fresh new approach.

“The Mayoral Ball is a wonderful, fundraising success story, which grew from very humble beginnings to the premier event on the local calendar,” said Cr Le Serve.

“The Ball raised over $120,000 for the Foundation, but we want to explore a greater range of fundraising options.  This new model will allow us to customise the event to appeal to different people and really open up these events to the entire community.

“One year the Mayor might host a Cocktail evening.  The next year could have a sporting angle, such as a golf day, or be a family friendly event that people of all ages can enjoy.

“This also opens up the opportunities for a much broader range of sponsorship,” said Cr Le Serve. 
“I hope to be able to reveal the details of this year’s event by the end of April, so stay tuned!”

Bass Coast Community Foundation Chair, Sylvia Davey said the Foundation was excited about the new approach.

“The Foundation is extremely grateful for the support from businesses and the community for the Mayoral Ball. The money raised helped local families in need and funded projects such as youth mentoring, school expenses, opportunity awards for primary school children and supported many community and charity organisations and events.

“We look forward to strengthening our relationships with the community and creating more opportunity for people to get involved.”

Mayoral Ball in review

Cr Le Serve said while the Mayoral Ball had been incredibly successful, it was an enormous undertaking that required a huge commitment from Council staff, sponsors, volunteers and the Board of the Foundation.

“Over the years, 46 different businesses and more than 60 volunteers have generously supported the Ball,” said Cr Le Serve.

“This is a wonderful effort.  We are especially appreciative of those businesses that repeatedly supported the event: Tabro Meats, Wonthaggi Fabric and Beads, Wonthaggi Home Appliances, Coldon Homes, McArthur, TS Construction, Beveridge Williams, Flower Farm, Aquasure and Thiess Degremont.

“A number of our volunteers deserve special mention as well, particularly Neville Goodwin, Lisa Brorsen, Kerryn Drennan and Samantha Bennett.”

Over its eight year history, the Mayoral Charity Ball’s themes included Oriental, Cirque du Soleil, Cabaret, Bollywood and French provincial.

Full list of all Mayoral Ball sponsors:
AFI Branding Solutions, Alex Scott, Aquasure, Baldasso Cortese, Bass Coast Community Health Service, Beveridge Williams & Co, Carrigy Earthmoving, COAST Magazine, Coldon Homes, DAS Constructions P/L, Dollar Curtains and Carpet Call, Flower Farm, Hotondo Homes, LJ Hooker, Luscombe Colahan, McArthur Management, McKenzie Allen Lawyers, MKA Gilbert & Rahilly Lawyers, Moloney Asset Management Systems, Omnitech Services Pty Ltd, Parklands Wonthaggi, Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser, Phillip Island Bus Lines
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Phillip Island Printers, Phillip Island RSL, Socom, South Coast First National, South Coast Inverloch, South Gippsland Catering Supplies, Stockdale & Leggo, Tabro Meats, The Inlet Hotel, The Wonthaggi Club, Thiess Degremont, TS Construction, Westernport Water, Westpac Bank, Wonthaggi Fabric and Beads, Wonthaggi Recyclers, Wonthaggi Home Appliances, Wonthaggi Toyota, WorkPlace Training Advisory of Aust and YMCA Bass Coast